Discover Arkansas’s highest point at Mount Magazine State Park

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Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine State Park

Get away to Mount Magazine State Park where the views are grand, the accommodations are luxurious and the adventures are plentiful. This dramatic flat-top mountain located in the Ozark National Forest contains Arkansas’s highest point at 2,753 feet! Here, you’ll feel on top of the world while enjoying epic lodging, outdoor adventures and scenic views everywhere you look.

One-of-a-kind lodging

The crowning jewel of Mount Magazine is the resort mountain lodge. Spend all weekend at The Lodge at Mount Magazine and wake up every morning to panoramic views of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake. The Lodge has 60 guest rooms from standard queen rooms to single king rooms and suites, all featuring a spacious balcony.

While staying at The Lodge, you never have to venture down the mountain to find good food. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Skycrest Restaurant that has a stunning rustic mountain lodge atmosphere with large windows, wooden beams, vaulted ceilings and dramatic chandeliers. Upgrade your experience by taking a dip in a heated indoor pool and hot tub, joining family and friends in the game room and relaxing by the two-story fireplace in the grand hearth room.

There are also 13 secluded cabins in the state park that stretch along the bluff and provide impeccable views of the river valley. Each cabin features a cozy fireplace, kitchen, covered decks and a soothing hot tub to relax in after a long day of exploring. Choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom options. For those wanting a more primitive experience, 18 campsites are scattered across the mountaintop as well.

Mount Magazine State Park Cabin

Outdoor adventures for all skill levels

Mount Magazine State Park exudes unmatched natural beauty and unique thrills. Fill your days on the mountain with one or all of these activities and see what all you can discover.

Hiking — See all that the state park has to offer on eight hiking trails that interconnect around the mountain. Try the 2.7-mile North Rim Trail that leads you to epic views and calming forest walks, or the popular 1.4-mile Signal Hill Trail to Arkansas’s highest point.

Hiking at Mount Magazine State Park

Biking — Shred the Huckleberry Mountain Trail for mountain biking and ATV thrills or the stunning Mount Magazine Scenic Byway for road cycling. You can even take the 57-mile road cycling loop, found in the Arkansas Cycling Guide, that takes you from the state park to Paris, Booneville, Havana and back.

Mountain biking at Mount Magazine State Park

Rock Climbing — Take on the most dramatic location in the state for technical rock-climbing! Here you can partake in bouldering, sport climbing and rappelling along the south bluff on more than 100 routes up to 80 feet high with difficulty ranging from 5.5 to 5.12c.

Rock climbing at Mount Magazine State Park

Hang Gliding — Looking for an extreme adventure? Try hang gliding at one of the park’s two launch sites. Mount Magazine has near perfect conditions for flight, so don’t miss this special opportunity to experience Arkansas from above. Just make sure you register each day at the park visitor center and are certified to fly.

Birding and Wildflower Spotting — Spend the day leisurely spotting a diverse range of wildflowers and birds on top of the mountain. Download the Wildflower Highlights Checklist and the Mount Magazine State Park Bird Checklist to see how many species you can find.

Horseback Riding — Bring your four-legged companion and explore the 34-mile Huckleberry Mountain Trail that follows an old wagon route. Start your journey at the Mount Magazine Horse Camp near the northeast rock quarry.

Scenic driving tour

Experience everything the mountain has to offer while traversing Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (HWY 309) from your bike, motorcycle or car. On your drive, enjoy spectacular views of Mount Magazine rising in the distance and the rolling Ozark foothills that will cover your entire line of sight. Make time to stop at popular spots like Cove Lake Recreation Area that has camping, hiking trails, a swimming area and boating. Other popular locations along the route include the state park visitor center, where you can explore the museum, nature center, gift shop and take special workshops, and the Petit Jean River Valley Overlook. Here, you can take dramatic photos of the valley, mountain ridges and the stunning Blue Mountain Lake. 

See you on the mountain

Are you ready to surround yourself with nature while still enjoying dreamy accommodations? Then plan your trip to Arkansas’s highest point and get ready to escape.